Coalisland’s unbeaten middleweight prospect Conrad Cummings, 10 – 0 – 1, faces off against Germany’s seasoned contender Ronny Mittag, 28 – 2 – 1, for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight title at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday November 18. Cummings vs Mittag will be shown live and exclusively in the UK on Spike.
This vacant IBF Inter-Continental middleweight clash represents a big step up in class for Ulster native Cummings, who is managed by Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan and trained by ‘2016 BBBofC Trainer of the Year’ Shane McGuigan. ‘Dynamite’ has boxed all over the world as both an amateur and a professional but will now take on his most experienced opponent to date when he squares off against twenty-eight year old German middleweight contender Ronny Mittag on November 18.
Germany’s Mittag has been a pro for over nine years and although he is only three years older than Cummings, he brings a lot more experience to the table than his undefeated opponent. The former IBO International middleweight champion is an inch taller than Cummings and has completed over a hundred and twenty more rounds as a professional, meaning Coalisland’s Cummings will have to be at his very best on November 18 if he is to walk away with the IBF Inter-Continental belt.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to showcase my skills in front of a large television audience on Spike and to pick up my first belt as a professional,” said Cummings. “It’s great to be on a big show at the SSE Arena, Wembley where so many historic fights have taken place over the years.”
“I want to win that IBF Inter-Continental belt, it’s the same belt that my stablemate Carl Frampton won on his way up and I want to emulate Carl by winning the title in style on November 18. My opponent is a genuine contender but nothing is going to stop me getting the win on November 18.”
Germany’s Mittag is equally confident that he can cause an upset and win the vacant title on November 18. “I am travelling to London to win that belt,” said Mittag. “He (Cummings) is a good fighter, he looks strong but I have fought and beaten strong fighters in the past. My experience will tell on November 18 and I will be taking that belt home to Germany.”
Cummings’ manager, former WBA world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan is excited about his charge’s latest challenge. “Conrad Cummings is in a really good fight on November 18 at the SSE Arena, Wembley,” said McGuigan. “He has made big improvements in the past year and has been learning all the time in the gym, now Conrad must put that all together when squares off against Ronny Mittag on the undercard of Groves vs Gutknecht. I know that he can win this fight and win it in style but he will have to be at his very best to beat a seasoned pro like Mittag, it looks set to be a great contest!”
Cummings vs Mittag forms part of an action packed undercard to George Groves’ terrestrial television debut live on Channel 5 at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday November 18. Also appearing on the bill is undefeated British flyweight champion Andrew Selby, Peckham’s English welterweight champ Johnny Garton, Hammersmith’s Dan Dan Keenan and Ruislip’s Dean Richardson.
More undercard announcements for Groves vs Gutknecht will be released soon.